Tuesday, 28 January 2014

S. Thomas

For the feast day of  S. Thomas Aquinas, his great eucharistic hymn, Adoro te devote, sung by the monks of Prinknash Abbey

Martin Travers: Pictures of the English Liturgy (1916)

....The door swung easily open
(Unlocked, for these parts, is odd)
And there on the South aisle altar
Is the tabernacle of God.
There where the white light flickers
By the white and silver veil,
A wafer dipped in a wine-drop
Is the Presence the angels hail,
Is God who created the Heavens
And the wide green marsh as well
Who sings in the sky with the skylark
Who calls in the evening bell,
Is God who prepared His coming
With fruit of the earth for his food
With stone for building His churches
And trees for making His rood.
There where the white light flickers, 
Our Creator is with us yet .....

from 'A Lincolnshire Church' - John Betjeman

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